After a recent accident in Naples, involving a bicyclist and a Collier County work truck, the bicyclist involved has been ticketed, according to WINK News. The accident happened on U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Road and left the bicyclist pinned under the work truck until emergency response officials arrived. Officials say it was all the cyclist’s fault though.
Since the accident, the bicyclist has been treating a number of broken bones along with a severed liver. Now, she suffers from a costly ticket and she’s not happy about it.
Our Naples accident attorneys understand that accidents involving government vehicles can be tricky. Many times in these investigations, it’s the government who is investigating its own. In general, it’s critical to contact an experienced attorney if you’ve been involved in an accident with a city, county, state or federal vehicle. You need experienced representation in these cases to make sure that your rights are preserved and that your side of the story is heard.
According to the Collier County accident report, the bicyclist was riding along in the left-hand turn lane and was approaching a red light on Vanderbilt Beach road when the accident occurred. Further details state that the bicyclist veered her bike to the right and into traffic that was stopped in the lane. When the light switched from red to green, the driver of the country work truck attempted to pass through the intersection and drove right over the bicyclist in the process.
Since 1896, there have been nearly 55,000 bicyclists killed in traffic-related accidents across the United States. In just 2009, the state of Florida witnessed approximately 100 bicyclist fatalities and another 4,450 bicyclist injures as a result of traffic-related accidents. The state of Florida has the largest number of bicycle-traffic accidents of any state. Many people would think that California would have more fatal bicycle accidents than the state of Florida. Yes, California is larger and has about twice as many residents, but Florida still racks up more fatal accidents every year. This continues to happen year after year, too.
Florida is provided with beautiful weather all year long and bicyclists sure do take advantage of it. With the summer riding season, locals, residents and tourists will be hitting two wheels on roadways across the state. Drivers are asked to be extremely cautious during this time to help to reduce the risks of a potentially fatal bicycle accident. We can all share our roadways safely together. It just takes a little bit of effort. Let’s work together to travel safely in unison.
If you, a close friend or someone you love has been injured in a traffic-related bicycle accident in Naples, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs or Fort Myers, contact Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-Dial-BLS.
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